EMBARKATION: My mother and I had spent three days in Orlando before the cruise. We arrived at the Orlando International Airport, returned our rental car and took the 10:30 AM bus to Port Canaveral. The ride was comfortable and our bus driver was friendly and informative. The sight of the port as you approach is a pulse quickening thing. We had filled in our pre-boarding information on the internet and were through the check-in and waiting in line in about 30 minutes.
We boarded at about 12:00 PM. Since we could not go to our stateroom until 1:00 PM, we decided to have lunch in the Red Sail Buffet. We then went topside and walked the upper decks. At 1:30 PM we went to our stateroom and awaited the lifeboat muster drill.
NASSUA, BAHAMAS OCT. 31
Our first stop and we decided to sleep in a little. We had already docked when we awoke. We took a shore excursion to the Blue Lagoon. It was very enjoyable and the free glass of rum punch was enjoyed as well. My mother spent a good majority of our time swimming and looking for seashells (some of which will be turned into jewelry). I just soaked in the cool blue water and enjoyed watching my mom have fun. After all, this was a trip bought for her for her birthday. Upon our return, we went back to the ship. As a forwarning for first time cruiser, ALWAYS take your photo id and Sail and Sign card with you when you go on an excursion. To get back to your ship in Nassau, you need to show both to the dock officials.
Costumes everywhere. The promenade was decorated and there was also a parade of all the costumed people down the promenade that evening.
NOVEMBER 1 AT SEA
NOVEMBER 2 ST. THOMAS
We decided to take the Magen's Bay and Paradise point excursion. When we got off shipp it was a little difficult finding our transportation. One person told us to go one way another told us to go another way. But we eventually did find our ride. (NOTE: try to get off the ship a little early in case you run into the same problem). Megan's Bay is an awesome beach, although tere were a lot of peolpe there do to 5 cruise ships being in port that day. Paradise point has by far the best view of the port and the ships below. I took some impressive pictures of our ship.
NOVEMBER 3 ST.MAARTEN
Wow, the vibrant colors in the port really grab your eye. We went on a tour of the island which took us to Marigolt where we did a bit of shopping.
NOVEMBER 4 & 5 AT SEA
NOVEMBER 6 DISEMBARKATION
We chose to carry our own luggage off the ship. If you have an early flight I wholeheartedly recommend that you use this option. We were off the ship and getting onto our bus back to the airport in 30 minutes.
All that really needs to be said is one name, JOHN HEALD. Now I know why it is said that he is the best cruise director that Carnival has. He alone could keep you laughing the whole cruise. But better yet is the added Broadway type shows, the comedians, illusionist, passenger talent show, bingo, and the list goes on and on.
The food was good to excellent depending upon your tastes. I was especially impressed with the Emerald Room. It was worth the $25 per person extra. I had a T-bone steak that just melted in my mouth. I can say without reservation that it was the best steak I have EVER had. The meats are dry-aged for 30 days and are succulent.
This was my second cruise with Carnival, the first being on Carnival Victory 3/9/2003, and I will be cruising with Carnival again. My mother is also a Carnival convert. This was her first cruise and ahe is already planning on a cruise with my step-father and my aunt and uncle.
I purchased the weeks Travel Log video andd the Passenger Talent Show video and also shot some of my own video. When I returned home and showed it to my friends. I recieved one reply. WHEN ARE WE GOING? I will shortly be reserving the December 3, 2005 cruise aboard the Carnival Glory with one of my friends. I also have plans to go on a cruise with this friend and another in 2006.